Bentley, Maserati, Jaguar Prop Up Reliability Survey.
“could it be the plethora of new, high tech but unproven gizmos offered in these vehicles?”
“The fact Hyundai of Korea was in sixth place, but its sister company Kia with almost identical vehicles, was 19th looks weird”
It looks like the result of a survey of the most desirable cars in the world – Bentley, Maserati, Jaguar, Porsche, Alfa Romeo.
But in fact this is the bottom end of a tally of the most unreliable vehicles in Britain, and it turns out that the more you pay, the more likely you are to end up broken down by the side of the road. Volkswagen subsidiary Bentley, where prices start at $180,000, is bottom in 37th place, with Ferrari (from $190,000) one place above Alfa Romeo at sixth worst. Alfa Romeo, owned by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, at least has the excuse that you can buy a little Mito for under $20,000.
The survey was organized by Britain’s Warrantywise which sells extended quality guarantees and was published in the car magazine Auto Express.
The survey found that the top manufacturer for reliability was Toyota of Japan followed by compatriots Honda and Suzuki. Ford was eighth and the top European was France’s Peugeot at 10th. General Motors’ Vauxhall was 17th.
The top scorer amongst the premium brands was Toyota’s Lexus at number 13. The German upmarket players VW’s Audi, Mercedes and BMW were in a group between 27 and 29. VW was in 15th place.
Warrantywise ranked all the manufacturers on dependability, based on the number of reported faults or breakdowns.
One explanation for the preponderance of high price luxury cars at the wrong end of a reliability survey could be the plethora of new, high tech but unproven gizmos offered in these vehicles. The fact Hyundai of Korea was in sixth place, but its sister company Kia with almost identical vehicles, was 19th looks weird, but nobody at Warrantywise was available to provide more details.